Q.1. Discuss history and political leadership among the swat pathans as proposed by Fredrik Barth.
Ans:-one of Fei Hsiao-t’ung’s more terrible assertions about the Chinese genealogy (p.
330) and to develop the detailing of “upper class” as of late set somewhere near Chang
Chung-li (p. 574, note 11). It is tragically evident that similarly as Dr. Ksiao shares the
sociological understanding of the customary researcher, so too does he show their conventional
inclinations in deciphering what he sees among the majority “offbeat energy” and “unrefined
polytheism,” for example. Yet, on the off chance that his sociological investigations are not generally awesome and
are only here and there communicated in modern dialect, a decent a significant number of them harbor adroit
speculations meriting further consideration, and not a couple are solidly on track.
The decision, at that point, which we could with some expert pride articulate on
Rustic China, is that it is amazingly useful for a nonanthropologist. Yet, we may
well proceed to inquire as to why it is that no anthropologist has yet misused the materials utilized
by Dr. Hsiao. How can it be that the most broad lower class on the planet and the best
recorded premodern complex society known to history are to a great extent disregarded by
anthropological grant? Can any anyone explain why essential anthropological inquiries of the sort,
since a long time ago responded in due order regarding the Nuer and the Navaho, have scarcely been modeled for preCommunist-considerably less for contemporary-Chinese society? These are not inactive inquiries, for in disregarding China anthropologists avoid with regard to account a significant extent of humankind and a special record of human experience. In the event that Dr. Hsiao’s book were to
do close to show the anthropological capability of the Chinese record and
recommend its earth shattering scholarly test, it will have served us well.
Political Leadership among Swat Pathans. FREDRIK BARTH. (London School of Economics, Monographs on Social Anthropology, Number 19.) New York: The Humanities Press, 1959. 143 pp., catalog, 8 figures, record. $5.00.
Looked into by LAWRENCE KRADER, American University
The Pathans are Afghans, Pashto speakers living in the Pakistan-Afghanistan
outskirt region. The Swat Pathans live in Pakistan region. Worry with the issue of
political association and authority among them is important both for the comprehension of Pathan culture and of life in this piece of the world. The Swat Pathans are the
mathematically and politically predominant populace of the Swat valley. They are some twofifths of a bigger entire, the Yusufzai clan, who number around 1,000,000 and live in
Smack and contiguous locale. The term clan is commonly applied in southwest Asia to a
political and consanguineal element inundated in a bigger entire, however which respects itself
as a unit separated from the entire in which it is submerged.
Barth’s treatment of the political association, in view of field work in 1954, is assembled
around the constitution of power and of corporate bodies out of sets of individual relations. The initial two parts put forward the issue of the book, and the overall environment
furthermore, ethnology of the zone. Sections 3 and 4 arrangement with the social association of the
individuals: hidden structures of station, association, neighborhood, and proclivity,
Parts 5-9 arrangement with political association: disparity and authority, land residency
furthermore, political relations, bosses, holy people, unions and coalitions. Part 10 is a concise political
history of Swat. After a finishing up part, there are added instances of blood quarrels.
The book is even, and the social setting of the depictions is clear. In spite of the fact that it is all around very short, a feeling of the region, the individuals, and the issue is given.
The emphasis is on a “hypothetical” issue, shunning the current political scene. In any case,
I recommend that the bigger issue, the circumstance of the Yusufzai of Swat in the Pathan social
what’s more, political framework, in Pakistan, and in Afghanistan-Pakistan connections, is a
powerful subject, pertinent to the book and significant for hypothetical finishes notwithstanding its
practical side. The presence of ancestral territories all through southwest Asia requires our consideration and most cautious investigation, for much political time and energy is given to this
issue in that piece of the world. This is so to a limited extent since it is normally unmentioned.
Since the relations between the focal power and the ancestral areas inside the
bigger political body are of extraordinary artifact and of wide dispersion today, numerous issues, both hypothetical and applied, stay to be contemplated. In any case, the examination of this
pain point is a stage past Barth’s exact, dependable, and all around detailed endeavor. A Bibliography of Indology (Enumerating Basic Publications on All Aspects of Indian
Culture). J. M. KANITKAR (Compiler). Altered, Revised and Enlarged by D. L.
BANERJEE and A. K. OHDEDAR. (Indian Anthropology, Vol. 1.) Calcutta: Government of India National Library, 1960. xi, 290 pp., lists.
Looked into by JOHN M. ECHOLS, Cornell University
This is the first in a progression of considered volumes, the motivation behind which is to give book references of essential distributions on different parts of Indian culture. Starting as a mimeographed rundown of 1,387 sections in 1951, the extended and distributed rendition
under survey contains 2,067 sections organized geologically under ten locales as follows: North-West, North, Sub-Himalayan, Indus Plain, Rajasthan (counting Kathiawar and Gujerat), Gangetic Plain, Brahmaputra Valley, Plateau of Peninsular India,
East Coast, West Coast, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and India. Under India will be
discovered more broad works managing various subjects, including craftsmanship, history, religion, social association, and others. The rundown of passages closes with a creator list
furthermore, a different subject file, the two of which significantly increment the handiness of the book.
Around one half (1,004) of the passages have some explanation, much of the time broad.
As per the compiler, an enormous number of the things recorded here are in the
Public Library of Calcutta, however numerous other Indian libraries were looked, and the
major existing catalogs, for example, those of Fiirer-Haimendorf, Mandelbaum, and
Grierson, for instance, have been used in uniting this essential book index.
Similarly as with any specific, yet genuinely far reaching, catalog the expert will
presumably find astounding incorporations and exclusions. Overall, the work seems, by all accounts, to be
a helpful gathering and merits investigation by all anthropologists on India. Researchers
will be looking forward enthusiastically to the next two which have just been declared as
in the press: Vol. 2, Indian Botany, and Vol. 3, Bengali Language and Literature (Early
Laos: Its People, Its Society, Its Culture. Candid M. LEBAR and ADRIENNE SUDDARD
Looked into by K. G. IZIKOWITZ, Etnografiska Museet, Goteborg
A book on Laos has now showed up in that great arrangement, The Survey of World
Societies, distributed by the Human Relations Area Files. The handbooks on this district
have, up until now, been in French and are generally genuinely old. This work is, I accept, the first
one distributed in English and, additionally, it is forward-thinking.
When composing a review of a people or a nation, there are a few potential methods of
introduction. One of these is depict the social structure and culture of contrast